Psalm 137 Bible Commentary

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

(Read all of Psalm 137)

Verse 1

[1] By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.

Sat — The usual posture of mourners.

Verse 2

[2] We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.

Harps — Harps are here put for all instruments of musick.

Verse 3

[3] For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

A song — Such songs as you used to sing in the temple of Zion.

Verse 4

[4] How shall we sing the LORD's song in a strange land?

The Lord's — Those songs which were appointed by God to be sung only in his service.

Verse 6

[6] If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

If — If I do not value Jerusalem's prosperity more than all other delights.

Verse 7

[7] Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.

The day — In the time of its destruction.

Verse 8

[8] O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.

Happy — As being God's instrument to vindicate his honour, and execute his just judgments.